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How Your Dentist Chooses the Perfect Color for Your Crown

August 12, 2021

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man with a dental crown pointing to his smile

Has your dentist recently told you that one of your teeth needs a crown? At first, you might wince at the idea of having a dark metal spot in your smile. Luckily, that’s not the case with modern dental crowns! These days, your dentist uses advanced techniques to create a personalized restoration that mimics the shade of your natural tooth enamel and flawlessly blends in with the rest of your smile. Here’s an interesting, easy-to-understand look at the science of how your dentist color-matches your dental crown.


Snack Swap: 10 Alternatives to Cavity-Causing Foods

July 31, 2021

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Child eating balanced meal with cooked veggies

Keeping your child’s smile free of decay starts with a solid brushing and flossing routine. However, there is another crucial component of oral care that parents often forget: diet. After all, foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates can significantly increase their risk of developing dental problems. So, while your child may love cavity-causing foods, like candy, it’s best to reserve them for special occasions. Instead, fill up their plate with these ten equally as delicious alternatives.


Invisalign – Can It Correct Overbite & Other Bite Problems Too?

June 29, 2021

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dentist placing Invisalign aligner on patient

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth and correct minor issues. However, many patients wonder if it can also correct bite misalignment issues, including overbite. The answer is yes – Invisalign can fix overbites along with other bite problems! Read on to learn how the clear aligners can address your concerns and what the process looks like.


The Best Way to Clean Invisalign Aligners

June 22, 2021

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Invisalign in case

Unfortunately, we weren’t all born with the perfectly straight smile that most of us desire. The good news is that this doesn’t mean that it is out of reach. There are several different teeth straightening options out there to choose from, like Invisalign. This treatment uses a series of clear aligners to slowly shift teeth into their new, rightful locations, but what is the best way to maintain them? Here are some Invisalign cleaning tips.


How Long Does It Take to Create a CEREC Crown?

May 22, 2021

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Dental crown

Before, it would take multiple weeks to get a dental crown when you had a damaged or structurally compromised tooth. Today, it doesn’t take nearly as long to get what you need to protect your tooth because of CEREC Same-Day Crowns. With the CEREC system, you can have a custom-made crown in a small fraction of the time. Read on to learn more about the creation process and how long it takes for your crown to be made.


Busted! Debunking Common Myths About Tooth Extraction

May 5, 2021

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girl smiling during tooth extraction

Do you have an upcoming tooth extraction? Do you suspect you have a tooth that requires removal? If so, you may have come across some common myths about tooth extraction during your research on the dental procedure.

People may require a tooth extraction when they need a wisdom tooth pulled or when they’re suffering from severe dental problems, such as decayed teeth or gum disease. An estimated 20 million teeth are extracted each year in the United States, yet there are still many misconceptions about the procedure.

Now, let’s put your nerves at ease! Read on as we explain the truth behind each myth.


These Professionals Should Really Consider Invisalign!

April 25, 2021

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professional woman enjoying Invisalign benefits

Invisalign clear aligners have become a known alternative to traditional braces, providing an avenue for people of all walks of life to enjoy a more convenient form of bite correction. Still, there is a certain segment of the population that could especially experience huge Invisalign benefits. Continue reading to learn about the career boost it can provide!


A Step-by-Step Guide to How Invisalign Treatment Works

April 7, 2021

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woman after completing Invisalign treatment process

The days of relying on traditional braces to straighten your teeth have passed. You now have the option of correcting your bite with Invisalign orthodontics. What should you expect, though, if you choose the Invisalign treatment process? Continue reading to get a detailed explanation of every step of the procedure!


How Long is a Retainer Worn After Invisalign Treatment?

March 15, 2021

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woman cleaning her Invisalign aligner

Once you’ve completed treatment with your Invisalign aligners, there is still yet another step to complete: wearing the retainer. Its purpose is to help the teeth maintain their position while the bone and connective tissue grow around the base to solidify your results. How long will you have to wear the retainers, though? As you continue reading, get the answer and discover why it’s so important to follow the Invisalign post-treatment instructions.


Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

December 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 10:46 pm
an older woman wearing a blue blouse and eating grapes outside and smiling

If dentures have been a part of your life for many years now, you may be wondering if dental implants in Harrisonburg are a viable option. After wearing prosthetics that require frequent replacements and stricter maintenance, the idea of receiving permanent teeth may sound more appealing, but is it possible? A local dentist explains that you’re never too old to enjoy the benefits of dental implants and what you can do about making the switch.

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